Amid tension at the LAC in eastern Ladakh with China, the Congress has raised the issue of Chinese incursions in Arunachal Pradesh, taking a cue from BJP MP in the state Tapir Gao.
Addressing a press conference, Congress chief Manish Tewari quoted Tapir Gao as saying stated that “People’s Liberation Army, on both sides of the Subansiri river in the upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh, have occupied territory on the Indian side of the McMahon Line.”
“According to him (Tapir Gao), the Chinese military has set up another base called new Majha, deeper in Indian territory. According to him, these aggressions are many km in the Indian territory. This isn’t the first time that Mr. Tapir Gao has made these revelations,” stated Tewari.
Congress played a clip of the Arunachal East MP while he was speaking in Lok Sabha that the Chinese have come up to Majha which has been an Indian army base in the past.
Congress chief Gaurav Gogoi cautioned the government to be more vigilant in the northeast and borders. “We demand that the Government of India doesn’t look at what’s happening in Arunachal Pradesh or Ladakh as isolated incidents. These are grand designs and this must be responded strongly,” stated Gogoi who’s MP from Assam.
Tewari alleged that ever since reports about Chinese aggression into Indian territory emerged, the NDA-BJP government has been walking the extra mile to downplay these reports and try to “obfuscate the information” on the ground.
Congress leaders stated that they know something isn’t right with regard to Galwan valley, Pangong Tso lake, hot springs area in the western sector, and with regard to Chinese intrusion in Naku La in the central sector.
“Facts continue to remain opaque on the eastern sector which is perhaps most disputed,” stated Tewari.
Congress stated that the party is highlighting the pattern of the Chinese army and how they’re gradually encroaching upon Indian territory throughout the LAC and the responsibility of protecting Indian territory solely lies with the government of India.